It's a crisp, snowless October in The Park. The root cellar is full, the cordwood is stacked, the oil drums are filled and there’s a freshly-butchered moose in her cache, but Kate Shugak must leave her cabin and head into the chaos of Anchorage, where the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention is being held. Why? Because board members of the Niniltna Native Association have been dying...board members who just happened to oppose a lucrative new development project. If it’s just a coincidence, perhaps Kate will find nothing, but this is Alaska - politics and profit are constantly at odds with conservation and traditional practices, and anyone looking too closely is likely to discover something unsavory.
©2011 Dana Stabenow (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really love this series. The scene with Jack and Kate in Nordstroms was wonderful and made me love Kate all the more.
Marguerite Gavin does a bang up job as well. She's one of my favorites.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I have to start a series from book 1, which in this case was " A Cold Day for Murder" a competent whodunnit that introduced the Aleutian Native American who lives, with her half wolf half husky bitch, Mutt, on her homestead in an Alaskan National Park. It was fun but showing it's age a little.(it was published in 1992). Initially I found Marguerite Gavin's reading style a little distracting - great dialog but too sing song on the text.
I've now listened to the first six books in the series and my view on everything has changed. Kate is now a richly written character, set in the context of an Alaskan society and a family and cultural history that each book has done more to explain.
"Blood Will Tell" moves Kate's life forward in emotionally intense ways, draws on characters from previous books to add depth and continuity and still provides a satisfying mystery to be resolved.
I'm now in love with how Margurerite Gavin reads the books. She is the voice of Kate Shugak and I have finally understood that the slightly sing song style is an echo of a Native American story telling tradition
I strongly recommend this book to all readers looking for a "detective" that is also a human being they can care about and root for.
By now, Dana Stabenow has published twenty Kate Shugak novels. Books sixteen to twenty are available on audible.com. The earlier books are still being recorded. Brilliance Audio released book six, "Blood Will Tell" in June and Audible picked it up. Book seven "Break Up" is due to be released in September 2013. I'll be ordering it as soon as it's available on Audible.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Although I still like Kate and love the series' exploration of Alaskan culture I am frustrated by Kate's behavior in this book. She stole an identity, stole money, and acted as a stalker. I suspend my belief often while reading because I am a big fan of mysteries and they often require it. But in this case the crimes were not committed while solving a crime... they were planned and premeditated acts. It really concerned me that these acts were justified by Kate to herself and to Jack, and justified by the author to the reader.
And Buffalo George
Stabenow, again, looks at an Alaskan issue: native politics this time. The book further demonstrates the author's sense of humor and plays incidentally on previous stories. In one chapter, Kate goes to Nordstom's for a dress up outfit and I almost busted a gut. Mutt plays a great role. As an aside from the plot line, Kate's lover Jack and his son are threatened by Jack's ex-wife. I couldn't wait for Kate's retribution to play out..."mmeeeeoooowww."
Yes it is well written ,the characters are interesting and real. The information on Alaska is wonderful
I did not see the ending coming
Yes but work got in the way so i could not
I have read the entire series in book or by listening and want Dana Stabenow to write another chapter for her character in a new book. the ending in the latest book has left me wondering about the character Kate and her loyal companion
This must be my 10th time reading/listening to Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series and as soon as I'm through, I'll start my 10th time on the Liam Campbell series.
Ms. Stabenow is an incredible storyteller, and in her writing, I find myself standing next to Kate as the story unfolds. I'm immersed into a rich culture, I can see Kate's determination to find the truth, and I find that even after the 10th time, I can't stop reading or listening to the audiobook until the story is finished.
Thank you Ms. Stabenow!
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